Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
Yakima County will use this grant to reconnect the Greenway Trail between Yakima and Union Gap. The project will provide long-term access to land, including shorelines, cultural features, scenic vistas, and trails for underserved populations. The County will reroute three-quarter mile of trail, build a 500-foot bridge across a wetland, and connect the trail to the Valley Mall Boulevard Trailhead. The County also will build a trail connecting to the Greenway Trail along Interstate 82 at the confluence of the Yakima and Naches Rivers. This provides access to the peninsula, the Naches and Yakima shorelines, and the William O. Douglas Trail Foundation property on Selah Ridge. Yakima County will contribute $315,000 in federal, private, and state grants and donations of labor and land.